Photo caption: L-R: Community Futures Dawn Miller, Gibsons Mayor Wayne Rowe, ICET Chair Phil Kent, President GLHA Terry RHodes, Director GLHA Joseph Wright. Photo Jim Dorey
Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority (GLHA) and representatives from partner agencies celebrated the completion and grand opening of a $1.3 million upgrade and expansion of moorage facilities with a dockside ceremony Thursday, May 29. The new drive-on concrete float represents the first of a projected multi-phase harbour enhancement projected for implementation over the next five years.
The new float expands the available moorage and efficient access for commercial vessels and barges, providing direct dockside access for loading or offloading cargo.
Funded through an innovative partnership between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Small Craft Harbours Division (DFO-SCH), Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), Sunshine Coast Community Futures and GLHA, the multi-phased, multi-use harbour revitalization will eventually incorporate additional floats, floating breakwaters, and reconfiguration of the total harbour space for maximum efficiency. Gibsons Mayor Wayne Rowe remarked during the ceremony that “through this partnership we accomplished what, individually, we could not.” Rowe noted that while actual construction was completed in a matter of weeks, “it was really the culmination of several years of effort and perseverance by successive members of our Harbour Authority to bring it to a successful conclusion.”
Terry Rhodes, President of the GLHA, says the new float is drawing interest from commercial and recreational users, and is expected to be a catalyst for economic development in the harbour. “These improvements will also support the marine services sector by allowing easier access to the harbour. When businesses in our region succeed, our communities reap the benefits,” Rhodes said.
While some Pacific harbours have experienced a decline in commercial fishery vessels in recent years, Gibsons continues to host port vessels year round.